10 Minutes With “Market” GM Paul Grunberg

January 10, 2009.

Once or twice a week, Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers (a Rorschach test, for sure).

Today it’s the turn of Paul Grunberg, former grand poobah at Chambar and now the general manager of Market, the new restaurant by international superstar chef Jean Georges Vongerichten slated to open inside the upcoming Shangri-La Hotel when it launches on January 24th.

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Scout Q&A

Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Crosstown: I wake up in the morning and can get a great espresso and a waffle at Café Medina, dinner at Chambar, Boneta or Wild Rice. And it isn’t Yaletown!

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Mars Bars; ever since my grandma bought me my first one…

Sexiest fashion item for the opposite sex: Jeans and a white T- shirt.

Favourite wine varietal: White Burgundy from Chablis – anything Bret Brothers…

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: The homeless situation.

Bartender who could sell you anything: Tannis Ling, she sold me a jalapeno cocktail.. Fantastic!

Cheap place for dinner: Our house on a Sunday.

Book you’re reading: Martin Pricard; Au Pied du Cochon.

Best bar stool in the city: Chambar/Boneta. Expect the unexpected and win everytime!

What are you proud of: My family and my accomplishments, and all the incredible people that make them possible.

Saddest thing about Vancouver: The rain.

Best fine dining restaurant in the city: Cioppino’s, hands down one of the best dining experiences I have had in Vancouver to date…

Talent you wish you possessed: Being able to speak multiple languages.

The trend you wish you never followed, but did: Getting lines shaved into my head.

Local person you admire most:
The Schuermans (owners of Chambar).

Best concert experience ever: Kings of Leon at the Paramount in Seattle.

How you waste time at work: Time to waste at work??

The thing that makes you the most nervous: Uncertainty.

Quality you admire most in yourself: Ambition.

The thing you’re addicted to: My Girl.

Biggest hope: My family is happy and healthy.

Favourite book as a child: Where The Wild Things Are.

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